Lloyd Mayor, new Graham company soloist and winner of Clive Barnes Foundation’s dance award, was interviewed for the New York Times and had this to say about his first studies:

The first time I ever moved was at the Jaques-Dalcroze Institute in Geneva. I took improvisation classes. It was beautiful to be surrounded by other children and not be forced into, “Well, this is what it is children, and you must look like this,” which is where all the dysfunctionalities of dancers come from.

Asked if he takes classes outside the Graham studio these days, he answered, “I roll like a monkey on a dirty wooden floor with nondancers. I feel so like myself.”

I can relate — especially if the nondancers are four-year-olds!

Saved by Martha Graham: Lloyd Mayor’s Long Road to Dance. Gia Kourlas, New York Times: March 14, 2014.